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In the poem If You Should Go Countee Cullen emphasizes on the understanding of human joys and sorrows The importance of joy is shown using different examples of joy such as love and dream Both stanzas include a persons feeling or reactions towards joy during the happy moments as well as the feelings after the joyous moment is overIn this poem Cullen conveys several different messages One of the themes of the poem is that one never realizes what one have until it is lost In this case it refers to joyous moments The second stanza the poet also tells the reader that joy makes a long lasting memory in ones mind which is seen in the persons personality or the gleam on the persons face 2 7-8 Although Cullen does not mention whom the love is towards in the first stanza and what the dream is about in the second stanza the reader can interpret that as is said in a positive mannerUsing a classic example of metaphor love is compared to the light that brightens a day just the way in which joys brightens peoples lives The gently passing of the day without author realizing its going indicates to us that the joy is not given much importance in the persons life The theme a person never realizes what he has until it is lost can clearly seen when the poet says We would not know but for the night When the joy has slipped away 1 3-4 The poet convey the message that people usually would not feel the joy until the joy is slipped away and the person is struck by the darkness of the sorrowIn the second stanza joy is given a much more positive response Joy in this stanza is referred to as a pleasant dream The not realization of the passing of the joys is said in this stanza Here the poet says the joy does not leave
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